Chelsea face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but it remains to be seen who will be in the away dugout for the trip.
Following the sweet respite of the international break, the pressure was once again piled onto Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side were beaten 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road.
Even David De Gea’s early penalty save to deny Ismaila Sarr from the spot could not spark a victory as Josh King and Sarr gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Donny van de Beek came off the bench to claw one back but a clumsy Harry Maguire challenge threw the momentum back in the hosts’ favour.
In the dying stages, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis added another goal each to add some serious gloss to proceedings, and leave Claudio Ranieri delighted and Solskjaer nervous.
There now appears to be confusion over his future and how it will be decided.
An emergency meeting was apparently called by United following the result, with the immediate future of Solskjaer the main focus, with the Norwegian’s compensation terms also on the agenda, according to a report by the Times.
There is a sense that this heavy defeat could be the final straw for the United board, especially in the wake of convincing defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City at Old Trafford.
However, later on Saturday night, Sky Sports News reported that his future remained undecided – for now at least – and that no meeting took place.
United currently trail Chelsea by 12 points and, given their recent displays against the likes of Liverpool and City, many Blues fans may be hoping he remains in the role until Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel’s men moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League at the end of day’s play thanks to a 3-0 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the lunchtime kick-off.
Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic scored the goals that ensured they bounced back to winning ways following a 1-1 draw with Burnley before the international break.